Scottish Gemmological association
First up is our AGM on Tuesday 13th September, with a 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided. After the AGM, Ewen Taylor will talk on his recent trip to Idar-Oberstein.
The location for this meeting will be Bonhams Boardroom, 22 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JX. Map.
Afterwards we propose going to Chez Joules, a nearby Restaurant. We would appreciate being advised in advance (email@example.com) by Friday 9th September if you are planning to come along for the meal so we can indicate numbers to the restaurant.
Next, on Wednesday 28th September, with a 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, Andrew Fellows will present a workshop on Jade. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided before the meeting. More information and images -
The location for this meeting will be the Eric Liddell Centre South Wing Room, 15 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DP. The Eric Liddell Centre is located in south central Edinburgh and is situated on bus route no's: 5, 11, 16, 23, 45. Map.
Afterwards we propose going to Cafe Grande, a nearby Bistro. We don't need confirmed numbers as such, but we would appreciate being advised in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 23rd September if you are planning to come along for the meal so we can indicate numbers to the restaurant.
The third meeting we have currently confirmed is on Tuesday 25th October at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, and is a talk by Ian Combe on Scottish Sapphires. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided before the meeting.
The location for this meeting will be the Eric Liddell Centre Elthan Suite, 15 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DP. The Eric Liddell Centre is located in south central Edinburgh and is situated on bus route no's: 5, 11, 16, 23, 45. Map.
Afterwards we propose going to Ica Restaurant. We don't need confirmed numbers as such, but we would appreciate being advised in advance (email@example.com) by Friday 21st October if you are planning to come along for the meal so we can indicate numbers to the restaurant.
We look forward to seeing you.
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Tom Herbst Lecture Review
Faceting : Managing your raw gem material
A lecture delivered to the Scottish Gemmological Association
on 17th May 2016
By day, Tom Herbst is an astrophysicist at the Max Plank Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. Of course, in reality astronomy is a ‘by night’ pursuit and Tom’s passion is star formation, the photometric phase curve of the rings of Saturn, mapping the surface of Titan and high angular resolution astronomy with projects such as the Linc Nirvana. This is a unique and ambitious binocular telescope project with two exceptional 8.4 meter dia. mirrors.
That might seem rather all-consuming but when this relaxed Canadian has time on his hands he has made himself one of the world’s leading amateur cutters of gemstones. I use the term amateur as a term of respect and admiration for an enthusiast who is not driven by monetary gain but by passion alone.
Tom had been invited to speak in Edinburgh on ‘Designing and Visualising Gemstones’, sponsored by the Edinburgh College of Art and the Italian Cultural Institute and he was kind enough to give a talk to the SGA on the following evening. Tom told us about the sources of rough gem material for faceting such as rock shops, online dealers and the bigger and smaller gem shows not to mention fossicking for your own at mines. He described his own methodology for selecting rough by shape clarity, colour and other characteristics and his system for cataloguing and storing material awaiting the faceting process. We particularly enjoyed his home improvised method of creating three dimensional images of rough and charting different cutting options against his image on his PC. For those who would like to learn more about faceting gemstones Tom is author of the gem cutters’ ‘bible’ - ‘Amateur Gem Faceting Volumes I & II.
We were pleased to welcome a number of guests to the lecture including members of the Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club.
We thank Tom for giving us his valuable time whilst away from his his wife Inge, and their two teenage sons, Matthew and Timothy.
SGA CONFERENCE 2016
So our Conference is over for another year. If you were there, then you know how much fun was had and photos to prove it can be found here. If you weren't there, then take a look at the photos and mark 2017's dates in your calendar now, so you don't miss out next time!
The Scottish Gemmological Conference 2017, will be held at the Stirling Court Hotel and Conference Centre on the Stirling University campus, from Friday 28th April to the 1st of May.
2016 Conference Report
Stuart Robertson and Cigdem Lule of Chicago once again very generously sponsored a Gemmology student to attend our annual Conference in Peebles. This years award was made to Andrew Dobrzanski.
Andrew is studying for a PhD in Geology at the University of Edinburgh and is also currently enrolled on the Gem-A Foundation Gemmology Course. He compiled a report on the Conference proceedings which can be found here -
GemSet2016 - Jewellery Design Competition
Each year our association invites jewellery design students from the various colleges across Scotland to enter our annual design competition. The emphasis is on encouraging an interest in gemstones in all their different forms and to include gemstones within their jewellery designs.
For more information and prize winners, please click here.
Photos of the prizes being awarded at our Conference on the Sunday can be found here.
CAIRNGORM GEMS EXHIBITION
Braemar Castle have a special exhibition of Cairngorm Gems running as part of the Scottish Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
The exhibition tells the story of the use of cairngorm quartz in Scottish jewellery and artifacts, starting in the 1700s and reaching a peak following Queen Victoria’s arrival on Deeside in 1848.
It features three of the largest surviving crystals of smoky quartz from the Cairngorms Mountains, none normally on display to the public.
It has also assembled a fascinating display of real objects – mineral specimens, newspaper cuttings, original design artwork, jewellery and other artifacts, kindly loaned by private individuals, jewellers and museums.
More info here: <http://braemarcastle.co.uk/index.php…>
the AGA Gemological Education Scholarship Program
The Accredited Gemologists Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 AGA Gemological Education Scholarship.
In keeping with AGA's mission to support gemological education and research, this scholarship up to $5,000 USD is authorized by the governors of the AGA. The scholarship is open to anyone who is interested and will be actively working in the field of gemology. No experience is necessary but a willingness to further their education in this field is a must. Funding for the AGA Education Scholarship is made possible by the generous support of AGA members. The AGA is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of California.
Scottish Awards to Gem-A Gemmological Students
The Scottish Gemmological Association is pleased to announce that the Scottish (Diploma student) Gemmology Trophy for this year has been awarded to Rachel Bailey and that the Scottish (Foundation student) Gemmology Trophy has been awarded to Carmen Garcia-Carballido.
The trophies will be presented at our Conference on on Sunday 1st May.
Our congratulations to both ladies!
Please send all correspondence to:
The Scottish Gemmological Association
c/o Alistir Wood Tait
116A Rose Street
EDINBURGH EH2 3JF